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What is materials science and engineering?

What is materials science and engineering?

Materials pose a central challenge to advancing the many technologies facing our world. Materials science – an interdisciplinary field that studies solid matter – brings chemistry, physics and engineering together to look at how materials can be used to advance our energy independence, medical devices and electronic devices such as flexible electronics. Through the study of materials, students can tackle the infinite number of issues related to our world’s crumbling infrastructure.

At Binghamton, the departments of Chemistry, Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Systems Science & Industrial Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering are associated with the Materials Science and Engineering Program. Students choosing to study materials can work with faculty and researchers in these departments to investigate fundamental scientific issues and then take their findings to the commercial level, where they can actually observe their discoveries being put to use.

From the smallest of the small to the opposite end of the spectrum, our students develop a foundation in the principles of materials science, selecting an atomic/nano approach or a bulk/macro approach. This foundation is then coupled with specialized knowledge in one area of materials, such as:

  • energy production, storage and transmission
  • nanomaterials for a range of applications
  • electronic materials, with a specialization in flexible electronics
  • biomaterials
  • modeling and mechanical behavior

Last Updated: 7/24/15